About

Your Partner in Overcoming Learning Difficulties

For more than 35 years of working with Los Angeles County’s most at risk special education and regular education students, I have always found that no matter how turbulent and troubled students’ lives are, they still want to learn and be successful. The challenge for teachers is to help them develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

My Story – Why I Believe Success Can Be Rescued From Failure

What Struggling Students Go Through

In a regular classroom setting, it can be difficult for teachers to meet the needs of learners who require more one-on-one time. (Remember teachers are responsible for the education of all the students in the classroom.) Because of this, some can fall behind. My own educational experience as a student was rarely filled with glowing triumph. I graduated from high school with a D average.

It’s Possible to Achieve More

To earn bachelor's degrees in Political Science and English and finally, a master’s degree in Reading and Learning Difficulties from CSU Northridge with an A average, I struggled to develop work-arounds to sidestep my weaknesses and enhance my strengths. I understand the issues of school frustration and the immature executive functioning skills of children who want to learn but just can’t seem to achieve.

Why Work With Me

Since 1972, I have been applying what I had learned from my personal struggles and academic training to help students overcome the challenges they face in school. Aside from that, I have more than 45 years of combined work experience in the following fields:

  • Court School Educator
  • Educational Therapist
  • Regular Classroom Teacher
  • Special Education/Learning Disabilities Teacher

I specifically design programs to meet the needs of every child or adult. Additionally, each student I work with can take advantage of my extensive personal library of educational materials. I also maintain a network of colleagues who specialize in allied fields such as, child psychology, vision services and speech therapy.

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Students I’ve Taught Successfully

  • Adult Education Students in Regular Education Program
  • Special Education Students With Learning Disabilities
  • At-Risk and Neglected Students
  • Students With Drug and Alcohol Addictions
  • Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Students
  • Students With Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Students of All Social and Economic Groups and Ethnicities

Awards

  • Teacher of the Year Optimist High School 1984-1985, 1985-1986
  • Mentor Teacher, Juvenile Court and Community Schools, 1999-2000
  • Building Self-Esteem Through Arts Education Award, 1982
    (A Special Education Photography Program)
  • The Optimist Boys' Home and Ranch of Eagle Rock, CA in Appreciation of 18 Years of Continuing Support
  • Boy Scouts of America for Devoted & Untiring Work as Troop Committee Chairman
  • Human Rights Award, L.A. County Education Association

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English, CSUN
  • Master of Arts in Reading and Learning Disorders, CSUN
  • U.S. Dept. of Education No Child Left Behind Compliant in Mathematics, Reading/Language, Arts, Science, All Levels of Social Studies and English
  • California State Credentials Issued for Life in Social Studies, English, and Special Education (Learning Disabilities); California State Credential and Administration (Test)